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Virginia Wine Board

About the Virginia Wine Board

Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1984 as part of Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Wine Board promotes the interests of vineyards and wineries in the Commonwealth through research, education and marketing. 

The Board fulfills the following duties.

  • Receives funding from the Virginia Wine Promotion Fund and dispenses it for wine-related projects and initiatives.
  • Contracts research to improve viticultural and enological practices in the Virginia wine industry.
  • Promotes education about and appreciation for Virginia wines.
  • Promotes the growing of wine grapes and wine production throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Disseminates information on wine and viticultural topics.
  • Contracts marketing, advertising and other programs that promote the growth of the state's wine industry and the enjoyment of Virginia wines.
  • Collaborates with state, regional, national, and international organizations on their work related to Virginia's wine industry.

The Board consists of 10 members, nine of whom have voting privileges, all appointed by Virginia's governor for four-year terms. Three of the Board members are growers and six of which represent wineries. Approximately two-thirds of the Board's budget goes towards education and marketing, with the remaining third spent on wine-related research.

Board of Directors

Kirk Wiles, Chairman
Paradise Springs Winery

Megan M. Seibel, PhD, Vice Chair
Mountain View Farm and Vineyard

Stephen Barnard
Keswick Vineyards

George Hodson
Veritas Winery
Flying Fox Winery

James King
King Family Vineyards

Courtney Mailey
Blue Bee Cider

Luca Paschina

Barboursville Vineyards

Aubrey Rose
Rosemont Vineyards
Joseph Guthrie
VDACS Commissioner

To Learn More

To learn more about the Virginia Wine Board, contact the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office at 804-344-8200 or


The Virginia Wine Board contracts research to improve viticultural and enological practices in the Virginia wine industry. To see a full listing of research reports, click here.